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Patient, Provider Engagement Drives High Health Plan Performance

March 15, 2018 - Health plan performance, and how to improve it, is always an issue at the forefront of payers’ minds.  While payers have engaged in several strategies in the past aimed at improving clinical quality, reducing costs, and boosting outcomes, they may have most success by implementing patient engagement and provider engagement programs, says the NCQA.   Health plans that earn high...

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